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When to go

April-oc­to­ber brings the best con­di­tions. Don’t go dur­ing mon­soon (Novem­berFe­bru­ary) when the sea cross­ing is rough enough to see the fer­ries some­times can­celled, the div­ing limited and jun­gle trails wet and im­pass­able.

How to get there

Catch a 1.5-hour ferry ride to Tioman from Mers­ing (Pa­hang prov­ince) which you can reach by ef­fi­cient bus con­nec­tions from Sin­ga­pore and Kuala Lumpur. Get off the ferry at the first stop, the vil­lage of Gent­ing, where you switch to pri­vate trans­port to Mukut vil­lage (by small boat) or a se­lected re­sort.

What to take

To hike only you‘ll need light­weight trekking shoes or sim­ply solid run­ners, mos­quito re­pel­lant, lots of elec­trolyte drinks and min­eral sup­ple­ments (you will sweat ever ything out) and trekking poles. Climbers should add a light rain jacket with hood (to avoid hy­pother­mia in case of a trop­i­cal shower which can feel sur­pris­ingly cold when high on the wall), comfy climb­ing shoes, hel­met, dou­ble rope (two x 60 me­tres), up to 16 quick­draws, cams.

Where to stay

Simukut Place re­sort, www.face­book.com/ Simukut­place/ in Mukut is the start point of the trail to the col be­tween the Dragon’s Horns. You can hire a guide here. There are also trails in progress up Mum­bar cliff close to Tu­na­maya Beach and Spa Re­sort, http://care­lux­u­ry­ho­tels.com/tu­na­maya-tioman/ There are other re­sorts in Mukut, along with a small gro­cery shop and a res­tau­rant. For more shop­ping, or the clos­est ATM, ar­range a boat to the is­land’s cap­i­tal Tekek.

The au­thor wishes to thank all those who par­tic­i­pated in the ex­plo­rations cov­ered here, in­clud­ing im­por­tant con­tri­bu­tions from: Stephanie Bodet, El­iza Kubarska, Arnaud Petit, Da Liu, Jonas Wallin, Tam Khairudin Haja and Sam Sudin Hashim.

THE CALL OF THE BLUE From this lofty perch on a route called Da­mai Sen­tosa, the au­thor is 700 me­tres above, and half-a-day’s ab­seil and hike away from, the coast.

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